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Amazon Pulls Crucible From Wide Release Weeks After Game Launch

  • Crucible was first big-budget release from Amazon Game Studios
  • Game will move to closed beta while developers work on changes
Crucible is a free-to-play PC game in which teams hunt down opponents on a distant planet.

Crucible is a free-to-play PC game in which teams hunt down opponents on a distant planet.

Photographer: Business Wire/AP

Amazon Game Studios is pulling its latest release from wide circulation following negative reviews, an exceedingly rare step for a big-budget title.

The release last month of Crucible, a free-to-play PC game in which teams hunt down opponents on a distant planet, marked a major moment for Amazon.com Inc., which has struggled to break out in the $159 billion global game industry.